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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


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Mix Diskerud may not have been called into the U.S. men's national team for its upcoming friendly against Mexico, but he's making quite the case for himself to get the call in September.

Diskerud continued his strong season with Stabaek IF on Friday, hitting the equalizing goal in the club's 2-1 victory over Fredrikstad. The win raised Stabaek to sixth place in Tippeligaen, and the goal was Diskerud's third of the season.

Two other players found the back of the net, too. Jozy Altidore netted the final goal in his AZ Alkmaar debut, a 3-1 win over PSV Eindhoven, while Sacha Kljestan scored off a penalty kick in RSC Anderlecht's 3-1 triumph against Mechelen. 

Not all of the focus was towards the goal-scorers, though. Timmy Chandler, who was replaced on the U.S. roster so as to recover from an injury, started and went the distance in FC Nurnberg's 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin. Chandler is reportedly going to play in both of the U.S. team's September friendlies, but he will miss the Mexico match despite being fit enough to play. 

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham's 2-1 loss vs. Derby County on Saturday.
  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 2-1 win vs. Birmingham on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 0-0 draw vs. Barnsley on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 3-1 loss vs. Southampton on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek started and played 41 minutes in Carlisle United's 3-0 loss vs. Notts County on Saturday.
  • Anton Peterlin dressed but did not play in Walsall's 1-0 win vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu and Rangers' game vs. Kilmarnock on Saturday was postponed to accomodate a Rangers-Chelsea friendly.
  • Dominic Cervi dressed but did not play in Celtic's 1-0 win vs. Aberdeen on Sunday.



  • Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Schalke 04's 3-0 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win vs. Bayern Munich on Sunday.
  • Steve Cherundolo dressed but did not play in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 in FC Nurnberg's 1-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 loss vs. Mainz on Sunday.
  • Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play Hertha Berlin's 1-0 loss vs. FC Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-2 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.

Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 win vs. Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruher SC's 2-0 win vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 7 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 4-1 loss vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich's 5-0 win vs. Energie Cottbus on Saturday.
  • Matt Taylor started and played 69 minutes in SC Paderborn 07's 3-0 loss vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 2-1 win vs. Bordeaux on Sunday.
  • Quentin Westberg started, played 90 minutes and made 5 saves in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-2 draw vs. Brest on Sunday.


  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench, played 25 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in AZ Alkmaar's 3-1 win vs. PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.



  • Eugene Starikov started and played 22 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk's 2-0 loss vs. Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in RSC Anderlecht's 3-1 win vs. Mechelen on Friday.



  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-1 win vs. Silkeborg on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-3 draw vs. Horsens on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started, played 81 minutes and received a yellow card for Aalborg BK.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 2-1 loss vs. Odense BK on Sunday.
  • Brad Rusin started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in HB Koge's 4-2 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien came off the bench and played 17 minutes in SonderjyskE's 3-1 win vs. AGF Aarhus on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK's 4-0 win vs. Hacken on Sunday.
  • Ryan Miller did not dress in Halmstads BK's 5-4 win vs. Norrkoping on Sunday.
  • Samuel Petrone did not dress in Mjallby AIF's 1-1 draw vs. Malmo FF on Saturday.


  • Mix Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win vs. Fredrikstad on Friday.


  • Josh Gatt started and played 90 minutes in Molde FK's 3-1 loss vs. Rosenborg on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham dressed but did not play for Molde FK.


  • Jose Torres did not dress in Pachuca's 2-1 loss vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos play Tigres UANL on Sunday evening.
  • Edgar Castillo and Club America's game vs. San Luis on Sunday was postponed to accomodate a Club America-Barcelona friendly.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 2-1 loss vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Estudiantes Tecos on Sunday evening.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 90 minutes in Puebla's 2-1 loss vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Sunday.
  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 2-1 win vs. Puebla on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco and San Luis' game vs. Club America on Sunday was postponed to accomodate a Club America-Barcelona friendly.
  • Joe Corona started and played 88 minutes in Club Tijuana's 3-1 win vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you see Diskerud getting called into at least one of the September friendlies? How many goals do you see Altidore scoring this season? Still upset with Nurnberg?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Buddle scored 19 goals. I read his salary is double what LA paid him so somewhere around $376k. MLS can’t afford that?

  2. He had a stretch in the 2nd half where he ‘gave’ away long passes into space onto which no one ran…the question is should someone have been making that run…

    As static as the offense was, I’d say yes. Not to discount the turnovers, but clearly he and his wings/forwards were not on the same page.

  3. Chandler was placed on the roster before they talked to Nuremburg. After talking to the club, they didn’t want to send him overseas, but said he would be clear to play in the two friendlies in Europe.

  4. Actually the goalie for the frech team had played in the youth system, he may have been part of the u-20 setup…he was a starter for the evian team that just gained promotion, prior to that he spent several years at troyes as both a back up and starter…the 2010-2011 season was his first at evian…

  5. The goalie in ligue 1 is a backup goalie of a newly promoted team. The current starting goalie I think has been injured for another 3+ weeks. But why isn’t yelldell starting? He didn’t play well against Dresden.. And cervi is number 2 now!!!

  6. For those curious,
    “Also on Fagundez’s list of decisions is his international future. Uruguay’s national team program is interested in recruiting Fagundez for the Under-20s, according to a source. Fagundez was born in Uruguay and is ineligible to play for the United States.”

    In the article from the Globe, Fagundez said the US has not expressed any interest in him or helping him on the path towards citizenship.

  7. Wait…WHAT? There is an American goalkeeper at age 25 playing as a starter in the Ligue 1 of France. I hope I hear more from him.

  8. I don’t believe that when I look at what MLS teams are actually giving out in wages and get away with due to a crazy financial salary cap system the league puts forward. It would not be difficult for every MLS team now to shoulder a $5-$6M wage bill per season and not run into NASL problems, they just need to do away with the DP rule and not bring in players asking for $5-6M a season.

    Having said that, if we bring back all these Scandanavian/lower European division players to MLS, and we keep our rosters at a set number, say 30, where are all the academy/draft players going to go? May sound crazy, but it’s actually better for these guys to go abroad, it frees up spots for the young academy and college players to get MLS time. Welcome to the global economy.

  9. I’m so happy that DMBeasley is getting one more chance. At his best, he was really good. And it’s cool he’s doing it in Mexico now. Love the mixing across borders.

  10. Frank Simek started and played 41 minutes in Carlisle United’s 3-0 loss vs. Notts County on Saturday.

    Eugene Starikov started and played 22 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk’s 2-0 loss vs. Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday.

    Any idea what happened with these two? Not really a good sign.

  11. And if that happen we might see MLS go out of business just like the NASL. The increase can only go at a rate less then the league’s profitability or the amount the owners’ are willing to lose. But I agree that all 21 of these kids should play in MLS though just playing in europe is no guarantee of starting in MLS. Far from it.

  12. Really? Because USSF didn’t ask him if he wanted to play on Wed. before putting him on the list for a middle of the week friendly for a team he has only played half a season for.

  13. Yeah and Acuna wants to play for the US at least so they should probably include him over Corona unless Klinsmann can change his mind since he said that when Bradley was the coach.

  14. Dolla dolla bil yall!

    It’s true tho, Edson Buddle wasn’t going to make more than maybe 400K with the Galaxy, despite being an eh forward for a team in the 2nd division in Germany, he’s probably making about 900K Euros, not dollars. So he’s well above double of what he made in the states, maybe more like triple? I don’t know how much he’s getting.

    That’s why I hope after the current Collective Bargaining Agreement gets renegotiated, by then the Salary cap should be around 3.6 or 3.7 million dollars, I hope they raise it to about 5.5 or 6 million and keep increasing by 5 or 10% every year

    That would keep all the guys in Scandinvia and 2nd divisions in Europe to stay

  15. do not put subotic in the same boat as rossi. Rognen was not being professional for calling out subotic play. Rognem should not have been coach for the u-20’s as long as he did. Us soccer should have banned him for that.

  16. Why is corona on here if he wants to play for mexico. To bad that bradley did not play i bet he is miserable. Also any word on adu situation for club ?

  17. you forgot to mention that DaMarcus Bealsey got awarded a penalty = 99% of a Goal.

    Do you even watch the replays or hightlights?

    I don’t think so

  18. Will be even more did not dress in England this year as the Football League reduced the number of subs on the bench this season from 7 to 5.

  19. i watched the last hour or so of the game and didn’t think that jones played horrible. having said that, he certainly didn’t impart himself on the game in a way you would like to see a capable central mid do. stuttgart had the majority of the possession and chances during the portion of the game i saw

  20. I’m sure Chandler will be at the next two friendlies, as reports say he committed to both games, but I’ve already accepted the fact that he might end up switching anyway. I HOPE he doesn’t, however our HOPES have been stomped on in the past by a few guys named Rossi and Subotic.

  21. The players probably could care less since they are probably making double or triple the salary MLS would offer. When MLS can out-pay Scandanavian and second tier euro leagues, then these players will come home.

  22. Maybe Chandler(‘s coach) didn’t want to be called in for a useless USSF money-grab at the start of a new season for him? If he doesn’t play in the Belgium game without a legit injury, then I’ll be concerned.

  23. If anyone believes not dressing or not playing is truly good for improving these players and US soccer than you’re out of your mind. Imagine what the above 21 players who did not dress or play could do to improve the quality of MLS.

  24. WTF, Chandler was supposedly recovering from an injury. I don’t care what the media is reporting, I still have my suspicions he’s committed to play for the U.S.

  25. and i thought MLS was the only league that postponed league matches for meaningless friendlies. Turns out the leagues in Scotland and Mexico do it too.


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